What *did* happen in 2013? I can't remember. Maybe a bunch of people tried obstacle racing instead.
We hosted Nationals in 2013. Volunteer and employee efforts were likely diverted away from our annual local events and programs. I could write more on that but I best stop there as i've already written too much profanity in emails earlier this week on a matter somewhat related to this. ;-)
Obstacle racing made its breakthrough in 2011 which started a decline in raid participation (though 2016 increased by 5% over 2015). Going to the 'choose your adventure' format and growing ARK Fest has pushed up our non Raid events.
Updated the graph with final numbers for this weekend's Fall ARK Fest.
Here is a stacked bar with the breakdown of Raid and CYA races.
I'd be interested to see a breakdown by Adult/Child although it's probably not easy. I'm wondering if the increase in Choose-Your-Adventure attendance is primarily because of ARK's influence. Is the entry fee included in the ARK program for that season?
The ARK Fest is now included in ARK and ARX program costs which was a brilliant idea to get kids and parents to commit to a weekend race. You have already paid for it so.....
Now we should do the same for adults with a multi-week weeknight adult program!! stay tuned. :-)
Of the CYA races the Eliminator and P2P have more adults while the two ARK Fest races (obviously) have more juniors. The top three DGL races by participation are now RTH, Spring ARK Fest, and then Fall ARK Fest. It would be interesting to examine how revenues have changed over the 8 years as well. Obviously a drop in Raid entries that pay a lot more than ARK Fest could mean a drop in revenue but we also increased the cost of the CYA races a lot from 2009. For example, P2P revenue in 2016 was almost 5x higher than in 2009.
Anyway, these are interesting things to examine. Especially when one considers hosting a National Champs.